Sunday, October 16, 2011

I haven't been around...

OK, I know, I haven't been around. We went to Japan and my camera broke, so I've only got my iPhone now and its pictures aren't so good for posting to the blog...
I've been using my Quiltopia!Design Facebook Page to keep people up to date and I can post pics directly from my phone. So, If you'd like to hear more from me, please join us there :)
The Australasian quilt has gone to its new owner now, but not before I had time to send it to Sydney to be photographed by Quilters' Companion for a project in a coming issue. You'll be able to make one like it...
 or join a workshop as I'm making a new quilt.

Same design, completely different fabrics and feel to the original. Actually I like it better. Its all Bali Batiks, and my first time making a whole quilt with Batiks. Its got a definite sunset feel and reminds me of my last night of my first trip to Bali. The sunset lasted late into the evening and the velvety night sky was tinged with magenta at 10PM as I was boarding the plane back to Melbourne! That memory stuck with me 22 years since, and has now found its way into a quilt.
I've finished the Diamonds quilt too! I put the last stitch n the binding last night, and my daughter slept with it on her bed.
I wanted to use just a few of the modern fabrics with large prints...This is a new quilt I made using the Rooftop Garden fabrics from moda. It's called Almost Amish, because I based the design on a traditional Amish style Diamond in a Square quilt. When I looked it up just now there are so many links to patterns and pictures. The one I chose here is the Folk Art Museum with some lovely images of Amish quilts and plenty of other tabs to explore.
I had it quilted all over in black thread with a swirly feather design and I'm happy with it. 
These are my two nieces who came to stay for a couple of weeks  and have just gone home.

I've been very busy in the shop, and have collected much more fabric, which I am trying to keep up with listing in the Store. Some new ones are the Saffron Craig Owls, Twomonkeys fabrics and the beautiful new Robert Kaufman Oriental Traditions 9, which reminded me so much of Japan when we were there in July, with its orchids, bamboo and geisha all in greens, blues, browns and rich red...

 You can see the from the pictures taken in Kyoto in Summer this year, how evocotive the new Oriental Traditions fabric line is. Not sure what I'll make from it yet - but something!

My daughter turned 15 last week... How time flies.
Till next time,
Ann ♥


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